What difference between "You know my name?" and "Do you know my name?"?


Alice: Hey, Bob!

Bob: You know my name?!


Bob: Do you know my name?!

Which one is correct?

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    What kind of difference are you interested in? Number of letters? Register? Degree of usage? Regionality? Grammar function? Please edit your question to provide more information, as it's currently too short and/or unclear. – Chappo Apr 2 at 5:07
  • I`ve added the context – Eugen Apr 2 at 7:38
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    You need to supply context of what Bob intended to convey. Without that, we can’t tell you which is ‘correct’. – Lawrence Apr 2 at 8:21
  • Eugen, your edit introducing non-standard punctuation complicates things. What do you mean with both a question mark and exclamation mark? We normally only use one, not both, and your usage demonstrates the mess that can result: Is the first sentence a question, or an exclamation? The second one has the syntax of a question, so why is there an exclamation? – Chappo Apr 2 at 11:57
  • Eugen, is English your first language? The reason I ask is that this question might be more appropriate on our sister site English Language Learners, where you're not only likely to get more answers but the answers are also more likely to be useful to more users. It's for that reason that I'm flagging your question for closure here and migration to ELL. – Chappo Apr 2 at 12:12

"Do you know my name?" is a grammatically complete and correct question.

"You know my name?" is lacking the interrogative helping verbs, and only the question mark tells that it is a interrogative sentence.

But if you're using it to express surprise, "You know my name?" would be better to use.

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    I think “You know my name?” Is acceptable as an expression of surprise. – Lawrence Apr 2 at 8:22
  • @Chappo there is a written question mark in the question, I think it's a fair assumption. – Tim Foster Apr 2 at 11:05

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